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Thursday, June 13, 2013
What we learned on Day 3 of minicamp

By Rich Cimini



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Thoughts and observations from the final day of the mandatory minicamp:

1. A cry for help: For the second straight day, Rex Ryan bemoaned the performance of his receiving corps. This time, it wasn't unsolicited, but he took the question and ran with it, saying, "It has to get better" -- along with a lot of other stuff. It almost seemed like he was trying to send a message to GM John Idzik, the man in charge of finding players. This has to be the No. 1 item on Idzik's agenda. He's way off base if he thinks he can win with the current group, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Santonio Holmes.

2. The Lee factor: Practice was an ode to QBs coach David Lee, the real mastermind behind the Wildcat. (What, you thought it was Tony Sparano?) The Jets devoted an entire team period to the Wildcat, delivering a loud message: Tim Tebow is gone, but who cares? Make no mistake, it will be part of their offensive package, and they'll run it better than last year. It couldn't be worse.

3. What an arm: This might have been Geno Smith's best day of throwing since his Pro Day at West Virginia. I've said this before: When he sets his feet, he can really spin it. He also did a lot of spinning after practice, trying to explain his way out of the "Jets West" controversy.

4. Studs and duds: The players who jumped out to me over the three-day camp were OLB Ricky Sapp, CB Aaron Berry, TE Hayden Smith and RB John Griffin. On the flip side, the players who struggled were WR Stephen Hill, WR Jeremy Kerley and S Antonio Allen.